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For the love of Stage Managers

stage manager, noun

  1. a person responsible for the technical details of a theatrical production, assisting the director during rehearsal, supervising the lighting, costuming, setting, prompting, etc., and assuming full responsibility for the stage during a performance of a play.

Let me tell you – this wee blog post is far too short to list the number of jobs/responsibilities that is covered in that ‘etc.’ that you read in the above definition (provided by

Stage Managers are the keepers of the show; the keepers of the clock; the keepers of the cast and crew; and keepers of the phrase “The show must go on!”

During every Theatre Orangeville production, I feature a few of the people from behind the scenes in the lobby, and for the current production of Screwball Comedy, which will be on stage until April 22, I raise a glass (and by glass, I mean a photographic print behind glass) to our Stage Management team of Screwball Comedy. These talented women have us in good hands and we are proud to have them!

Here’s to a great production, and congrats to the cast and crew!

Paula Stewart, Stage Manager of Screwball Comedy, managing the photo call for the media during tech week

Paula Stewart, Stage Manager of Screwball ComedyAshley Proulx, Apprentice Stage Manager of Screwball Comedy (in costume!)

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